Free dental checks for primary school kids

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The first of thousands of kids earlier this week had their teeth checked for free in new mobile clinics that will visit primary schools, setting them up for a lifetime of good dental health.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Minister for Health and Medical Research, Brad Hazzard, and Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning, Sarah Mitchell, officially launched the NSW Health Primary School Mobile Dental Program at Penrith South Public School on Monday 29 July.

Berejiklian said 35 mobile dental clinics will provide checks and basic dental care to up to 136,000 primary school children, made possible by an investment of $70 million over four years.

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“The mobile dental program builds on existing NSW public dental services that make dental care available to all Medicare eligible children for free,” Berejiklian said.

“This program will bring NSW Health dental practitioners into NSW primary schools, to make it easier for children to access vital services.”

Primary school children will be offered a dental check-up, teeth clean and X-rays to look for dental decay under the program, which will initially focus on Western Sydney, the Mid North Coast and the Central Coast.

Read also ADA NSW’s position on mobile dental vans in schools

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